Little Canada

a visual ethnography of Little Canda in Lewiston, ME


How does the occupation of space and infrastructure change over time? This visual ethnography focuses on “Little Canada,” a riverside enclave in Lewiston, ME, in which a large number of French-Canadian mill workers settled in the mid to late 1880’s. Little Canada’s narrow streets and apartments enabled Franco-Americans to become a prominent group in Lewiston, helping to maintain a unique language and culture. Today, people from a variety of backgrounds and countries have come together in this space. Through photography, I have been able to explore how the area still fosters a tight-knit community and how the buildings have been repurposed into more modern living spaces for families today.